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August 1, 2012 @ 3:53pm
It's a big transition going from being a husband to being a father. The truth is, I think it is a tougher job being a dad than being a husband. Its a transition that changes you and everything else, mostly because you no longer exist for yourself. Its no longer about you.
February 15, 2012 @ 3:09pm
There is a distinction to be made, He is our Heavenly Father. Whatever your experience of what a human father may be, Jesus is making something clear, this Father, your Heavenly Father is not in the same category as any other father you have ever met.
February 1, 2012 @ 2:53pm
Calling the God who created the universes, flooded the earth, parted the Red Sea, and commands the nations and their armies Dad, is not normal. Unless you are his son. It is far too easy to take the Lord's Prayers opening statement for granted. The way that Jesus is proposing we speak to God is not only unorthodox, its illogical and is not an assumption the average person should just make.
August 16, 2011 @ 3:10pm
Most everyone I know is defined by their needs. Seems like a heavy statement, I know, but it just may be what's really going on in this world. Every thought, emotion, action or reaction is motivated by one thing; need. Anger over the need to be respected or valued, laboring in order to pay for the house we need, anxiety or stress over the need to be successful, and tears over the need to be loved and accepted. I could go on and on, because behind just about everything the human does, thinks, or feels lays a need.
June 7, 2011 @ 12:39pm
This August is my four-year anniversary of working at ROL, and I cannot help but look back with a deep sense of thankfulness and wonder. So much has happened. This past week I had a reminder of what my life looked like before coming here. I cannot help but tear up thinking of the brokenness of my heart, family, and calling. Where would I be now if it were not for a travel weary family, coming home from Scotland?
March 22, 2011 @ 3:20pm
As I have felt the ever-increasing Presence of God in our worship I have noticed an area of worship that could use some Biblical encouragement. There has been a few times where our worship reaches a climax, where the leader and vocalists step back from their mics and sing out to the Lord, their own words. I notice in this time that the rest of us tend to wait for them to return to a structured verse or chorus where we can again join in the singing. It is here that I see the worship leader and team awkwardly realize they have gone somewhere that few feel they can follow.
March 14, 2011 @ 2:11pm
A couple weeks ago, from Sunday to Sunday I was in 14 services/prayer meetings, and to be honest, it was wonderful. I felt a little hung over the week after but I wouldn't trade it. I wouldn't trade it because it has reminded me that this is how I want to live my life; encountering Jesus. My prayer is that the same would be true of ROL's Community Groups.
March 8, 2011 @ 3:57pm
There is no line I hear more as the pastor in charge of Community Groups (CGs) than, "I am just not clicking with anyone." This is usually followed by some very "nice" words about how everyone in their group are really great and pleasant people to be with BUT... There is always this big "BUT." Now this is where Sir Mix-A-Lot and I differ, among other things, I do not like big "BUT's." Whenever I hear this "BUT" I cannot help but ask the question, is not "clicking" a good enough "BUT" to not go or give up on a CG?